Kim Schildwaster


Return to: ETAP 623 Fall 2016 Taught by Byrne

About Me

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This is my 5th year teaching, 3rd year full-time. I am currently a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher for Kenmore-Tonawanda USFD. This year I will be teaching 7th Grade Home and Careers, 9-12 Parenting, Foods I, and Introduction to FACS in the first semester. I hold a BS Family and Consumer Sciences from Buffalo State. I live with my husband and three children in Western NY.

Together we like riding our ATV's, boating, camping, and swimming. We love cooking and my husband and I are constantly trying new things and competing against each other with the dishes we make. We have raised pigs, chickens, goats, and a sheep. I garden and enjoy bringing fresh vegetables into my class for students to eat. I always say I have the best job in the school because I can pursue the things I love and "play" at work. We make everything from scratch including cheese, breads, yogurt, pasta, and sausage. In a few weeks we will be butchering half a pig and making sausage and bacon!

My Topic/Purpose

This course will examine the interconnected learning stories that are Project Based Learning. It will focus on the challenges of designing a project that promotes interaction, meaningful engagement, collaboration, and analysis to activate learning. Project Based Learning is a strategy for implementing knowledge and skills through questions, problems, and challenge based inquiry where students learn throughout, not just at the end. It is a complex process that requires a tremendous amount of planning and scaffolding of information, but pays off for student learning across multiple subjects and transferable skills.

Through this course students will examine when to use PBL and its benefits in the classroom setting. Students will examine planning, creating, implementing, assessing students, and analyzing the results of PBL on learning.

Needs Assessment

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Performance Objectives

Course-level objectives

  1. Define project based learning
  2. Describe how it is utilized in a classroom environment
  3. Examine areas where PBL would be enriching to your curriculum
  4. Evaluate materials and technology for use in PBL
  5. Create assessments for PBL
  6. Examine a variety of forms of PBL
  7. Explore trends in PBL

Task Analysis

Curriculum Map

References and Resources